Simon Aspelin

Simon Aspelin

Simon Aspelin
Country  Sweden
Residence London, England
Born (1974-05-11) 11 May 1974
Saltsjöbaden, Sweden
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro 1998
Retired 17 July 2011
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $2,121,037
Singles
Career record 0–2
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 436 (17 August 1998)
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon Q1 (1998, 1999)
Doubles
Career record 348–303 (53%)
Career titles 12
Highest ranking No. 7 (3 March 2008)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (2006)
French Open 3R (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011)
Wimbledon QF (2004, 2006, 2009)
US Open W (2007)
Other Doubles tournaments
Tour Finals F (2007)
Olympic Games Silver Medal (2008)
Mixed Doubles
Career record 14–20
Career titles 0
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2006, 2008, 2009)
French Open QF (2000)
Wimbledon 3R (2008)
US Open 2R (2007)
Last updated on: 15 November 2012.
Olympic medal record
Competitor for  Sweden
Men's Tennis
Silver 2008 Beijing Doubles

Simon Aspelin (born 11 May 1974 in Saltsjöbaden) is a former professional tennis doubles player from Sweden who turned professional in 1998. His success mainly came in doubles, winning 12 titles and reaching World No. 7 in March 2008. In men's doubles, Aspelin won the 2007 US Open and the Silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

A memorable part of Aspelin's career was when he and doubles partner Todd Perry were playing in the 2006 Wimbledon Championships men's doubles quarterfinals as the eighth-seeded doubles team against third-seeded Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor. Knowles and Nestor won the match by winning the final set 23–21.

At the 2007 U.S. Open, seeded tenth with his partner Julian Knowle, Aspelin achieved the greatest triumph of his career by winning the U.S. Open, his first Grand Slam. In the first two rounds, they won over Kubot/Skoch 6–2 6–2 and got a walkover over Calleri/Horna. They went on to upset the eighth seeds Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram in the third round. In the quarterfinals, they shocked the top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan 7–5 6–4, having lost to them only weeks before. In the semi-finals, they held off unseeded Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut 7–6(2) 1–6 6–3, before winning the final 7–5 6–4 over the ninth seeds, Pavel Vízner and Lukáš Dlouhý. He had never before reached a Grand Slam semifinal. This win put them into the No. 5 position in the ATP Doubles Race, and also gave Aspelin his career-high ranking of No. 13. His Davis cup record in March 2009 is 3–5 in doubles.

Another notable performance in 2007 was the final against Knowles/Nestor in Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai, which he lost with Julian Knowle.

In the 2008 Summer Olympics, he and fellow Swede Thomas Johansson defeated French pair Michaël Llodra and Arnaud Clément 7–6 (6), 4–6, 19–17 in the semi-finals. The match that lasted 4 hours and 46 minutes. They went on to win the Silver medal.

Prior to his pro career, Aspelin competed for four seasons at Pepperdine University, in Malibu, Calif. He was one of just two Waves to earn All-American status all four seasons,[1] and was inducted into the Pepperdine Hall of Fame in the fall of 2010.

In May 2011, he was inducted into the ITA Hall of Fame.[2]

In July 2011, Aspelin announced his retirement from professional tennis. He played his last tournament in Båstad, where he reached the final but failed to claim his thirteenth ATP title.[3][4]

Grand Slam men's doubles finals (1)

Wins (1)

Year Championship Partnering Opponents in Final Score in Final
2007 U.S. Open Julian Knowle Lukáš Dlouhý
Pavel Vízner
7–5, 6–4

Runners-up (0)

Career titles

Doubles (12)

Legend
Grand Slam (1)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP International Series Gold (3)
ATP Tour (8)
Titles by Surface
Hard (5)
Clay (5)
Grass (1)
Carpet (1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 7 February 2000 Marseille Hard Johan Landsberg Juan Ignacio Carrasco
Jairo Velasco, Jr.
7–6(7–2), 6–4
Runner-up 1. 15 July 2001 Båstad Clay Andrew Kratzmann Karsten Braasch
Jens Knippschild
6–7(3–7), 6–4, 6–7(5–7)
Runner-up 2. 29 July 2001 Kitzbühel Clay Andrew Kratzmann Àlex Corretja
Luis Lobo
3–6, 6–4, 3–6
Runner-up 3. 24 February 2002 Buenos Aires Clay Andrew Kratzmann Gastón Etlis
Martín Rodríguez
6–3, 3–6, [4–10]
Runner-up 4. 14 April 2002 Estoril Clay Andrew Kratzmann Karsten Braasch
Andrei Olhovskiy
3–6, 3–6
Winner 2. 19 May 2003 St. Pölten Clay Massimo Bertolini Sargis Sargsian
Nenad Zimonjić
6–4, 6–7(8–10), 6–3
Winner 3. 7 July 2003 Båstad Clay Massimo Bertolini Lucas Arnold
Mariano Hood
6–7(3–7), 6–0, 6–4
Runner-up 5. 14 September 2003 Bucharest Clay Jeff Coetzee Karsten Braasch
Sargis Sargsian
6–7(7–9), 2–6
Runner-up 6. 11 July 2004 Båstad Clay Todd Perry Mahesh Bhupathi
Jonas Björkman
6–4, 6–7(2–7), 6–7(6–8)
Runner-up 7. 17 July 2004 Stuttgart Clay Todd Perry Jiří Novák
Radek Štěpánek
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 8. 9 January 2005 Adelaide Hard Todd Perry Xavier Malisse
Olivier Rochus
6–7(5–7), 4–6
Runner-up 9. 17 January 2005 Auckland Hard Todd Perry Yves Allegro
Michael Kohlmann
4–6, 6–7(4–7)
Winner 4. 31 January 2005 Delray Beach Hard Todd Perry Jordan Kerr
Jim Thomas
6–3, 6–3
Winner 5. 14 February 2005 Memphis Hard (i) Todd Perry Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 10. 20 June 2005 Nottingham Grass Todd Perry Jonathan Erlich
Andy Ram
6–4, 3–6, 5–7
Runner-up 11. 25 July 2005 Indianapolis Hard Todd Perry Paul Hanley
Graydon Oliver
2–6, 1–3 ret.
Runner-up 12. 10 October 2005 Tokyo Hard Todd Perry Satoshi Iwabuchi
Takao Suzuki
4–5(3–7), 4–5(13–15)
Runner-up 13. 14 January 2006 Auckland Hard Todd Perry Andrei Pavel
Rogier Wassen
2–6, 7–5, [4–10]
Winner 6. 23 October 2006 St. Petersburg Carpet Todd Perry Julian Knowle
Jürgen Melzer
6–1, 7–6(7–3)
Runner-up 14. 14 January 2007 Auckland Hard Chris Haggard Jeff Coetzee
Rogier Wassen
7–6(11–9), 3–6, [2–10]
Winner 7. 26 May 2007 Pörtschach Clay Julian Knowle Leoš Friedl
David Škoch
7–6(8–6), 5–7, [10–5]
Winner 8. 17 June 2007 Halle Grass Julian Knowle Fabrice Santoro
Nenad Zimonjić
6–4, 7–6(7–5)
Winner 9. 15 July 2007 Båstad Clay Julian Knowle Martin García
Sebastián Prieto
6–2, 6–4
Winner 10. 7 September 2007 U.S. Open Hard Julian Knowle Lukáš Dlouhý
Pavel Vízner
7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 15. 17 November 2007 Tennis Masters Cup, Shanghai Hard (i) Julian Knowle Mark Knowles
Daniel Nestor
2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 16. 16 August 2008 Summer Olympics, Beijing Hard Thomas Johansson Roger Federer
Stanislas Wawrinka
4–6, 3–6, 7–6(7–4), 3–6
Runner-up 17. 11 April 2009 Casablanca Clay Paul Hanley Łukasz Kubot
Oliver Marach
6–7(4–7), 6–3, [6–10]
Runner-up 18. 17 May 2009 Madrid Clay Wesley Moodie Daniel Nestor
Nenad Zimonjić
4–6, 4–6
Winner 11. 26 July 2009 Hamburg Clay Paul Hanley Marcelo Melo
Filip Polášek
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 19. 25 October 2009 Stockholm Hard (i) Paul Hanley Bruno Soares
Kevin Ullyett
4–6, 6–7(4–7)
Runner-up 20. 14 February 2010 Rotterdam Hard (i) Paul Hanley Daniel Nestor
Nenad Zimonjić
4–6, 6–4, [7–10]
Winner 12. 27 February 2010 Dubai Hard Paul Hanley Lukáš Dlouhý
Leander Paes
6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 21. 17 July 2011 Båstad Clay Andreas Siljeström Robert Lindstedt
Horia Tecău
3–6, 3–6

Doubles Performance timeline

Key
W  F  SF QF R# RR LQ (Q#) A P Z# PO SF-B F-S G NMS NH

Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.

To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.
Tournament 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A 3R 1R 2R 2R 2R 3R QF 2R 1R 1R 3R 1R 0 / 12 13–12 52.00
French Open A A A 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 3R 2R 3R 3R 3R 1R 3R 0 / 12 11–12 47.83
Wimbledon A A A 1R 2R 1R 2R QF 1R QF 1R 1R QF 2R 3R 0 / 12 14–12 53.85
US Open A A A 1R 1R 2R 1R 3R QF 2R W 2R 1R QF A 1 / 11 16–10 61.54
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–4 2–4 2–4 2–4 6–4 7–4 8–4 8–3 3–4 5–4 6–4 3–3 1 / 47 54–46 54.00
ATP World Tour Finals
Tour Doubles Finals A A A SF A NH A A A A F A A A A 0 / 2 6–3 66.67
Davis Cup
Davis Cup Doubles A A A A SF A A A PO PO SF QF PO PO QF 0 / 8 6–6 50.00
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics Not Held A Not Held A Not Held F Not Held 0 / 1 4–1 80.00
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells A A A A A 1R A 1R 1R SF 1R 1R 1R SF 1R 0 / 9 6–9 40.00
Miami A A A 2R 2R 2R A 1R 1R 1R 2R QF 1R 2R 1R 0 / 11 6–11 35.29
Monte Carlo A A A A 1R 1R A A 2R QF SF QF 2R SF A 0 / 8 7–8 46.67
Hamburg A A A 1R QF 1R A A 1R QF SF QF Madrid (C) 0 / 7 5–7 41.67
Madrid (Clay) Held as Hamburg F 2R A 0 / 2 4–2 66.67
Rome A A A QF 2R 2R A A 2R QF 2R 2R 1R 2R A 0 / 9 6–9 40.00
Canada A A A A A A A A 1R QF 2R 2R 1R 2R A 0 / 6 3–6 33.33
Cincinnati A A A A A A A A 2R QF QF QF A 1R A 0 / 5 5–5 50.00
Stuttgart A A A A A Held as Madrid (Hard) Shanghai 0 / 0 0–0
Madrid (Hard) Held as Stuttgart A A A 1R 1R QF QF Shanghai 0 / 4 2–4 33.33
Shanghai Held as Stuttgart Held as Madrid (Hard) 2R 2R A 0 / 2 2–2 50.00
Paris A A A A A A A A 1R 1R SF QF QF 1R A 0 / 6 5–6 45.45
Career statistics
Tournaments Played 0 0 3 22 26 31 22 23 30 25 31 27 30 24 15 309
Titles 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 2 1 4 0 1 1 0 12
Finals Reached 0 0 0 1 2 2 3 2 7 2 6 1 4 2 1 33
Hard Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–2 11–9 9–10 12–14 3–8 9–11 30–15 23–15 22–19 24–20 10–18 22–14 5–6 5 / 164 180–161 52.79
Grass Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 3–3 1–2 1–1 3–2 5–4 3–2 4–1 0–2 5–2 3–3 2–3 1 / 26 30–26 53.57
Clay Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 1–1 13–10 15–12 9–14 13–8 7–8 8–8 5–7 17–8 7–6 19–9 3–6 9–7 5 / 107 126–104 54.78
Carpet Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 0–1 2–2 1–2 1–2 4–1 1–2 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 1 / 12 12–12 50.00
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 1–3 25–21 28–26 22–31 19–19 20–23 44–29 35–25 44–30 31–28 35–29 28–23 16–16 12 / 309 348–303 53.46
Win % 25% 54% 52% 42% 50% 47% 60% 58% 59% 53% 55% 55% 50% 53.46%
Year End Ranking 355 322 111 51 50 55 40 45 17 19 8 22 23 26 74 $2,121,037

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